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Inclusion is an ongoing process that aims to increase access and engagement in learning for all students by identifying and removing barriers. This can only be successfully achieved in a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, support and problem solving.
-International Baccalaureate Organization, 2010

Student Support

The International School of Denver is an inclusive school offering an education to students with a wide range of learning differences and individual needs, including those with specific learning difficulties and differences, as well as those who are highly achieving or gifted and talented and require challenge and enrichment.

At ISDenver we embrace students of all cultures and backgrounds, talents and differences. We support all students to help them achieve their full potential and meet their goals in order to become excellent learners and global citizens. All learners deserve to be appropriately challenged and enriched.

Whilst the vast majority of student needs can be met within the mainstream classroom through differentiation by class and subject teachers, those students whose needs fall at either end of the learning developmental continuum are supported by members of the Student Support Team (SST). Students needing additional language support in their target language are supported by designated teachers in those programs.

The role of the Student Support Team is to appropriately support and enhance the learning of the students identified pre- Admission and after enrolment. The SST is staffed to meet the needs of the current cohort of students and the composition of this team may therefore change over time as needs change.

Support and enrichment offered by the specialists includes:

  • Literacy skills – across all curricula (English, French, Mandarin, Spanish & the MYP)
  • Mathematics skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Social and emotional support
  • Counseling

Meet Our Student Support Team

Deanna Foss

Lower School Student Support Specialist
Deanna Foss holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Graceland University and a Master of Arts in special education from North Texas State University. Deanna also has training in applied behavior analysis from the University of Kansas. She has worked as a resource teacher and special education teacher for elementary school grades since 1998. Deanna has also lived and worked as a resource teacher in Singapore. Before joining the ISD community in 2016, Deanna worked as a Learning Specialist and Case Manager at an elementary school in Lakewood, Colorado.

Marzia Mauffrey

Student Support Coordinator, Challenge and Enrichment Specialist, and MYP Math and Science Teacher

Marzia Mauffrey is originally from Italy, where she earned her master’s degree in business engineering from Polytechnic of Turin. In 2005, Marzia completed her postgraduate teacher training in England. She has also completed training in the IB Primary Years Program. Marzia began her teaching career in 2000 and has experience teaching math to middle school and high school students in Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Colorado. In addition to teaching, Marzia also served as a teaching training mentor at several schools. Before joining ISDenver in 2015, Marzia worked as a STEM Coordinator at a local international school.

Debra Mcqueen

ECE/ Lower School Student Support Specialist. Art & Music Teacher
Debra McQueen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fort Lewis College and a Master of Science in Education from Texas A & M University. Before joining the ISD community in 2016, Debra spent 12 years as an elementary school Resource Teacher in Texas and South Carolina. She is an award-winning poet and writer with a passion for international travel that has taken her to 25 countries so far.

Elizabeth Souba

School Counselor, Upper School Learning Support Specialist

Elizabeth Souba holds a Bachelors in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska and a Masters in Secondary School Counseling from Creighton University. She brings ten years of experience in teaching and secondary counseling, much of it internationally, to ISDenver. Prior to joining the ISDenver community in 2017, Elizabeth worked as a Middle School Counselor for grades 5-8 at ACS Hillingdon International School in London, England. She has also worked as a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Specialist, as a Secondary Counselor at the Bavarian International School in Munich, Germany, and as a Student Success Coordinator. She also brings teaching experience in Math, U.S. History, Economics and Psychology to her work.

As school counselor, Elizabeth’s primary role is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. Within the umbrella of that role, Elizabeth supports students with transition and helps support an inclusive school culture at ISD.